Sociology, MA

How to Apply

The Sanford School application process is completed online through ASU Graduate Education. Prospective students must submit the admission application form along with supplemental materials, official transcript, and fee.

Application Deadlines:

Applications are accepted for entry Fall, Spring, or Summer. In order to be considered for a semester, all application materials must be received by the applicable deadline listed below. Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed.

Apply by:To start the program in the:
July 30Fall A session (begins mid-August)
December 15Spring A session (begins mid-January)
May 1Summer session (begins mid-May)

Admission Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an institution with regional accreditation
  • Typically, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE scores are NOT required

Application Process:

1. Carefully review the Master's Program Graduate Handbook and the FAQ page to ensure you understand the program, policies, and procedures.

2. Submit Graduate College Application

  • Complete the Graduate College at ASU application at
  • Official Transcripts. Request your official collegiate transcripts to be sent to the Graduate College. ASU transcripts do not need to be sent. Send official materials to Graduate Admission Services. Learn more at
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae. Your resume must summarize your academic and employment experiences, as well as applicable community involvement.
  • Personal Statement. Please submit a personal statement that is four to five pages long, double-spaced, and addresses the following:
    • State your professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this program.
    • Describe your strengths that will help you succeed in the program and in reaching your professional goals.
    • Describe the relevant responsibilities you have held.
    • Include any additional information that you feel will help the committee evaluate your application.
  • Two letters of recommendation. These letters should be from people who know you as a student or in a professional capacity. Letters from family members or friends do not meet this criterion. You will submit the names and work e-mail addresses for these individuals as part of the online graduate application. Once your application is submitted, they will receive instructions on how to electronically submit their recommendation letters.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of where they may now reside) must provide proof of English proficiency. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 600 is required of any applicant whose native language is not English.

4. International Students – Required additional materials

International applicants must also meet all of the requirements and supply all of the information requested by the Graduate College at

If you have any questions about the program, or are interested in the application process, please email